What does a Building Maintenance Technician do?
Building Maintenance Technicians typically work for apartment complexes, college campuses, office buildings and other commercial buildings like hotels or retail stores. They use their knowledge of plumbing, construction and electrical work to maintain a functional building for residents, workers and other individuals. Their job is to work closely with other Building Maintenance Technicians to respond to maintenance requests for clogged drains, leaking vents or damaged walls. They may also complete maintenance work to the exterior of a facility, including painting, replacing windows or making repairs to A/C condensers.
Building Maintenance Technician skills and qualifications
A Building Maintenance Technician needs to have the following skills in order to effectively manage a building and keep a property in good condition:
- Construction skills such as carpentry, painting, masonry, plumbing, roofing and welding
- Advanced critical thinking and problem-solving skills for fixing maintenance issues
- Administrative skills for ordering supplies, handling records and scheduling maintenance
- Physical strength and dexterity to lift, move and handle equipment
- Stamina to deal with long hours standing or walking
- Strong verbal and written communication for discussing maintenance issues
- Ability to work in extreme hot or cold conditions
- Organizational and time management skills
Building Maintenance Technician salary expectations
The average salary for a Building Maintenance Technician is $17.11 per hour in the United States. This salary depends on a candidate’s education, experience, certification and the number of hours they work.
Building Maintenance Technician education and training requirements
Building Maintenance Technicians are usually only required to have a high school diploma, though some employers prefer to hire candidates who have an associate degree with a focus on plumbing, drywall, electrical wiring and flooring, painting, structural, electrical and HVAC skills. Basic training in wiring and plumbing installation and repair is needed, and additional coursework in HVAC systems, mechanics, tool maintenance, refrigeration systems and welding is recommended as well. Many candidates choose to pursue this training by taking classes at technical colleges or vocational schools, while others might earn certification from a professional organization.
Building Maintenance Technician experience requirements
Much of the training for a Building Maintenance Technician position is done on the job. Employers typically look for Building Maintenance Technicians with 1-5 years of experience working with HVAC, plumbing, carpentry and masonry. Applicants with supervisory experience have a greater ability to be employed, and having computer experience, especially spreadsheets and inventory software, is a plus as well. Some employers prefer to hire candidates who have had an apprenticeship or an entry-level job in a relevant field, such as working in a mechanic shop or on a construction site.
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